Senior Bowl: Notes, team interest and more

Seventeen players that are here in Mobile to participate in the Senior Bowl are being trained with Athletes' Performance, a training facility in Arizona. Chargers fans may take note, they also hold an office at the Home Depot Center in Carson - the Bolts two year training camp facility.

The competition is fierce and the jockeying on the sidelines of the South squad reflected that as scouts and coaches jostled each other to get on the front line.

Athletes' Performance stresses the importance of these offseason workouts and is increasingly becoming the norm in player development.

There client list from this game includes Fred Gibson, Shaun Cody, and Michael Boley to name a few. With such emphasis put on the next two months of action, prospective draft picks are taking advantage of such programs across the nation - Athletes' Performance happens to be among the elite.

The New York Jets were in the news Monday morning. One Jets' scout professed that they were in the market for a quarterback saying, "Quincy Carter is a free agent and Brooks Bollinger is a stand-in kind of guy."

Staying with the AFC East, word is Nick Saban will hire surplus coaches to his staff. Besides filling all the spots that have come open with the new regimen coming in, he is planning on adding some quality control assistants to the staff and expanding different areas of the coaching staff.

Before the practice session began, the Cleveland Browns were scanning the rosters to determine which quarterback was playing for which team. Former Browns head coach Butch Davis and Pete Garcia were also in attendance, deciding on the North squad - where Charlie Frye, Kyle Orton and Dan Orlovsky.

Speaking of the Browns, they were ready for the South squad practice. With stopwatch in hand, they timed all the punts performed by Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt exceeded expectations and had the scouts giving a nod after each kick. He did, however, shank a kick terribly - it went 12-15 yards and landed further out of bounds than it did up the field.

The Buffalo Bills' scouts pointed out David Baas, the guard prospect out of Michigan, to the coaching staff and eventually met up with him to talk shop. Ironically, they spent more time talking about him than actually talking to him but with practice quickly approaching they will likely catch up with him later in the week.

The Minnesota Vikings were heavily scouting linebackers on Monday and Mike Tice was in attendance with stogie in tow. It was hard to see just who they were targeting from the South squad as they were clearly discussing a multitude of options.

After practice, a contingent from the Carolina Panthers came out and met Ronald Fields on the turf. They spent several minutes with the defensive tackle and didn't talk to any other defensive lineman after that.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were heavy onlookers in the cornerback market. Scouts watched with interest as they ran individual drills and were just as interested when the receivers and corners went up against each other. Carlos Rogers apparently made his mark and after practice the Jags met up with the prospect.

DeMarcus Ware impressed many of the scouts throughout the day. He added some bulk to his frame at weigh in and wowed scouts with a nice first step off the line. The Green Bay Packers found him after the South session and spent some good quality time with the Troy defensive end.

Pittsburgh acquired target number two as they go about their way in a very professional and concise manner. The Steelers were on the heels of this reporter, listening to an interview and pounced on Matt Jones, quarterback and wide receiver prospect out of Arkansas. Jones, for his part, was amazingly effective as a wide receiver. A former recruit at the position, Jones was fluid in his step and showed a nice burst. His size, Plaxico Burress in height, is another plus in their eyes.

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